Izaguirre on the mend

Bhoys defender hoping to play in Europa League

Izaguiree: Still hoping to play for Celtic in Europa League action this season

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Celtic's injured full-back Emilio Izaguirre has handed manager Neil Lennon a fitness boost by resuming light training.

The Honduras international defender was ruled out for six months earlier this season after breaking his ankle in a 1-0 win at Aberdeen.

Izaguirre is now without crutches, but it will still be a long and gruelling road to full fitness for last season's Player of the Year.

The 25-year-old is staying optimistic on his recovery schedule and he is hoping to at least feature in the club's Europa League campaign this term.

Recovery

"I think about getting back playing every single day. I'm on a seven-week recovery programme now and the crutches have gone," explained Izaguirre.

"My big aim is to play in the Europa League this season because I want to experience European football.

"This has been the worst injury of my entire career. The injury happened on a Sunday and the operation took place on the Thursday. It was a very difficult time for me.

"When I heard how long I would be out for I was really disappointed but the only good thing has been that it has allowed me to spend a lot more time with my family.

Grateful

"Maybe God thought I needed to spend more time with my son? These things happen for a reason. Also, I'm very grateful for the support of the Celtic fans.

"They were great, particularly in the early days of injury and I would love to repay their support. I hope I can do that by getting back playing as soon as possible."

"Celtic will recover from the bad results we've been picking up lately," he continued.

"Our priority this season is to win the league and that is what drives us on. This season we must win the championship."